On Tour 01/21/23-02/15/23 “ Resist! A Visual History Of Protest” by Margot McMahon

Release Date:  December 17, 2022

About The Book:

Resist! A Visual History of Protest (publisher: Aquarius Press) is a story of fifty years of Franklin McMahon painting protests from WWII-POW Camps to the 1955 Emmett Till Trial, then a symbolic act of resistance each decade ending with the Senators Obama and Clinton trials.  Author Margot McMahon shows how she learned of current affairs through her father, who painted as an art journalist for national magazines, television, and film. She recounts her elementary years in the 1960s with her parents returning from the Selma-Montgomery march for voting rights, the Marquette park riot during Reverend Martin Luther King’s visit, and the Chicago Conspiracy Trial. History is summarized from a child’s eye view and Margot’s research reveals what the paintings offer her as clues. This is a memoir by Margot McMahon.

About The Exhibit: 

Exhibit of acclaimed Chicago artist, Franklin McMahon’s fifty years of protest in vibrant drawings and paintings. In the 1940s, McMahon was a cartoonist depicting conditions in WWII POW camps. He mailed his drawings back to Extensions Magazine in Chicago. In 1955 McMahon covered the Emmett Till Trial for Life Magazine in Sumner, Mississippi that transformed him into an artist-reporter. The 1960’s began with him drawing the construction of the Berlin Wall and continued with his art coverage of Dr. Martin Luther King’s peaceful protests, including the march from Montgomery to Selma across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the Chicago Eight Conspiracy Trial. Five decades of social change are documented in his brilliantly painted graphite on paper images through to 2008 when Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton debated. In capturing historic events through art or major publications from the Chicago press to national publications McMahon chronicled current events that nudged society in a more just direction.

Curated by Margot McMahon, daughter of Frank McMahon

About The Author:

A lifelong-environmentalist, internationally- awarded Margot McMahon sculpts, writes and paints human, plant and animal forms to say, through art, her hope that decisions be made to support life on earth. Margot taught at Yale University. the Art Institute of Chicago and DePaul University. Margot is a founder of Ragdale’s Cornerstone Scholarship Fund and Yale Art Alumni League. Margot has published with Scholastic
Magazine, Chicago Magazine, World Book Encyclopedia, Yale University P&P, MIT Press, 2021 Shades of Positively Pandemic, 2020 Fifty Years of Women at Yale Anthology and The Fifth Season, Mate E. Palmer First Place Book Award (2020) recipient (IWPA). Margot received Soka Gakkai International (Tokyo) Arts and Culture.

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/margotmcmahoncollection

Instagram: https://instagram.com/margotmcmahon

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargotMcMahonC1

Book Blurbs:

Like the silk map slipped from parachutist Franklin McMahon’s sleeve offering escape from the German P.O.W. camp, daughter and author Margot, describes the astonishing world then flung upon him from 1945-2012.  Her evocative words startle the reader to life, as we follow Franklin and Irene parents to a family of nine, immersed in a lifetime of struggle for social justice!  They provoke us to confront truth via vivid pencil drawings, historic voice, faith and film in order to Resist and Answer:  What have you done today for justice? 

Artist, sculptor and author Margot McMahon’s memoir spills one into a folding cloud of thoughts and uncomfortable truths.  Her evocative descriptions of her parents Franklin and Irene’s lives – dedicated to confronting social injustice – are chronicled through expressive line drawings, historic voice and epic events spanning 1945-2012.  You will be startled awake revisiting each moment and propelled to seek justice in this – your moment.

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Jan. 21st- Novels N Latte https://instagram.com/novelsnlatte

Jan. 28th- Rozier Reads and Wine https://instagram.com/rozierreadsandwine

Jan. 29th- Books Love And Understanding https://instagram.com/booksloveandunderstanding

Feb. 3rd- CMT Loves Wine and Books https://instagram.com/cmtloveswineandbooks

Feb. 4th- Subakka Bookstuff https://instagram.com/subakka.bookstuff

Feb. 6th- Reading Late Into The Night https://instagram.com/reading.late.into.the.night

Feb. 8th- Reading With Mere-https://instagram.com/readingwithmere

Feb. 10th- Reading Is My Remedy https://instagram.com/reading_is_my_remedy

Feb. 11th- Miss W Book Reviews https://instagram.com/misswbookreviews

Feb. 15th- Well Read Traveler https://instagram.com/wellreadtraveler

Feb. 15th- Books and Coffee MX https://instagram.com/booksandcoffeemx

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